Honda Cars 2007-2008

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Overhaul



Specific to:

Honda Accord 2007-2008

Honda Civic 2007-2008

Honda S2000 2007-2008

  1. Compress the damper spring with a commercially available strut spring compressor according to the manufacturer-s instructions.
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  3. Remove the self locking nut while holding the damper shaft with a hex wrench. Do not compress the spring more than necessary to remove the nut.
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  5. Release the pressure from the strut spring compressor. Disassemble the damper assembly. Reassemble all parts, except the spring.
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  7. Compress the damper assembly by hand and check for smooth operation thru full stroke, both compression and extension.
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  9. The damper should extend smoothly and constantly when compression is released. If not, gas is leaking and the damper should be replaced.
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  11. Install all parts except the self locking nut onto the damper unit.
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  13. Align the bottom of the spring and the stepped part of the lower spring seat. The hole in the upper spring seat and the arrow on the damper mounting base must point toward the knuckle mounting area.
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  15. Install the damper assembly on a commercially available strut spring compressor.
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  17. Compress the damper spring with the strut spring compressor. Install a new self locking nut on the damper shaft.
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  19. Hold the damper shaft with a hex wrench and tighten the self locking nut.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Honda Accord 2007-2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
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  5. Remove the rear bulkhead cover. Remove the seat side bolster.
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  7. Remove the two flange nuts, while holding the joint pin. Disconnect the stabilizer link from the stabilizer bracket.
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  9. Remove the flange bolt from the knuckle. Lower the rear suspension and remove the damper from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Damper springs are different for the left and right side. Mark the springs prior to removal.

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  3. Loosely install the flange nuts onto the top of the damper.
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  5. Loosely install the flange bolt on the bottom of the damper.
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  7. Connect the stabilizer link on the bracket and loosely install the flange nut.
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  9. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the bolts.
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  11. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
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Specific to:

Honda Civic 2007-2008

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
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  3. Position a floor jack at the connecting point of the trailing arm and the knuckle. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress.
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  5. Remove the flange bolt and discard it.
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  7. Remove the trunk side trim panel.
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  9. Remove the self locking nut while holding the damper shaft. Compress the damper unit, by hand, and remove it from the vehicle.
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